Pharma Leads the Charge on NCDs
A disaster in slow motion; that is how Dr Githinji Gitahi, CEO of African health NGO AMREF, describes the threat of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).Long thought of as diseases of the richer countries, the threat of NCDs – including cancer, diabetes and hypertension – is growing in low-to-middle-income countries, which now account for three-quarters of the annual death toll of more than 40 million.A toxic mix of modernization, urbanization and lifestyle changes has seen this growth in NCDs in developing countries, a scenario that has already played out in developed countries, where smoking, alcohol, processed f...
Source: EyeForPharma - June 21, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Mark Hillsden Source Type: news

Counsellors reach out to Kachin communities to end gender violence
Language EnglishWAING MAW, Myanmar –“We should not have to live in fear of violence just because we are women,” Khaung Nan declared in Waing Maw, a town in Myanmar’s battle-worn Kachin State.Ms. Khaung Nan works at the Waing Maw Women ’s and Girls’ Centre, one of eight such centres in the area. These UNFPA-supported facilities provide counselling, legal assistance, transport to hospitals, and other care for survivors of abuse. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Despite progress, life for children in Myanmar's remote areas remains a struggle, UNICEF warns
The benefits of Myanmar's economic growth, reform and reconciliation efforts have not yet reached children in the country's remote, conflict-affected areas, leaving an estimated 2.2 million children in need of better humanitarian assistance, a United Nations report has revealed. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - May 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Myanmar's extensive forests are declining rapidly due to political and economic change
The loss of intact forest cover in Myanmar has accelerated over the last decade, according to a new study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 17, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

'A Normal Man Would Not Want Me': A Heartbreaking Look At Leprosy In 2017
This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. YANGON, Myanmar ― Su Myant Sandar was 17 when she first noticed a red patch on her cheek. At the time, she was working with her girlfriends at a garment factory on the poor outskirts of this city. She covered the spot with a thick layer of thanaka, a traditional plant-based makeup, and continued going to work as normal. But it was not an ordinary spot. It was the first visible sign of leprosy, a largely forgotten bacterial infection that affects tens of thousands of people every...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UNFPA responds to gender violence in conflict-scarred Kachin
Language EnglishWAING MAW, Myanmar –“Some women are very upset and are not able to immediately explain what has happened,” caseworker Daw Lu Bu explained in Myanmar’s conflict-ridden Kachin State, where she treats survivors of gender-based violence. “I have to help them relax and become calm before they can talk. " (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 7, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Myanmar trains midwives to tackle maternal death rate
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar is training up hundreds of midwives in an effort to reduce the number of women who die in childbirth, one of many social policy reforms launched by the country as it emerges from decades of military rule. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Government of Myanmar unveils new plan to protect marine wildlife and resources
(Wildlife Conservation Society) The Government of Myanmar and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) announced today a comprehensive plan to protect the country's diverse fisheries and marine life -- including dolphins, sea turtles, and other species -- and other marine resources. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 23, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Reaching women and girls across the line of fire in Myanmar ’s Kachin conflict
Language EnglishKACHIN STATE, Myanmar –Since the armed conflict in northern Myanmar ’s Kachin State intensified in December,nearly 7,000 people have fled the area, often amid shelling and airstrikes. Among the people on the run are 260 pregnant women. Many of them are sleeping on the roadside, unable to find shelter. Their needs are acute.The area is highly militarized, and ongoing fighting and unsafe routes restrict access to the people in need. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 16, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Women ’s health needs persist in conflict-affected Kachine State
Language EnglishWAINGMAW, Myanmar – When Dr. Kyaw Linn Htun arrived at Thar Ga Ya, a camp for displaced people, almost 20 women were already lined up to see him. The women had all been displaced from their homes when the armed conflict in Myanmar ’s Kachine State reached their villages. And with fighting in Kachin intensifying in recent months, their hopes of returning are fading. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - January 26, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Women ’s health needs persist in conflict-affected Kachin State
Language EnglishWAINGMAW, Myanmar – When Dr. Kyaw Linn Htun arrived at Thar Ga Ya, a camp for displaced people, almost 20 women were already lined up to see him. The women had all been displaced from their homes when the armed conflict in Myanmar ’s Kachin State reached their villages. And with fighting in Kachin intensifying in recent months, their hopes of returning are fading. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - January 26, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Child Protection, Protection, Camp Management and WASH: Mainstreaming through Capacity Building; Collaboration to Increase Safety in Rakhine State, Myanmar
Global Protection Cluster, Child Protection Working Group. 11/09/2016 This nine-page case study explores a number of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)-related incidents occurring in Sittwe and Pauktaw townships in Myanmar, including some significant safety incidents involving children, and highlights the lack of a protective environment for children and communities. These incidents prompted a significant and long-term collaboration between WASH, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), and Child Protection actors, working within a coalition with broader protection and gender-based violence (GBV) actors. (PDF) (Sou...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 28, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Not just a women ’s issue: Men in Myanmar take on gender-based violence
Language EnglishKachin, Myanmar –Five years ago, armed conflict engulfed Nam San Yam Village in northern Myanmar, forcing Aung Htwe to flee for his life. Since then, he has lived in the Maina AG displacement camp, unable to return home. Yet even in this safe haven, he sees – and hears – violence all the time.“Because the shelters are so small and the walls are so thin, there is no privacy,” he said. “I slowly became aware just how much violence there is within families.” (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - December 16, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Here ’s More Proof that Dinosaurs Had Feathers
Palaeontologists have discovered a 1.4-inch dinosaur’s tail, complete with delicate feathers, bones and soft tissue, preserved in amber. The lump of resin was recovered at an amber market in northern Burma near the Chinese border, where it was destined to become jewelry. It originally came from a mine in the Hukawng Valley in Kachin state. According to CNN, Burmese traders selling the plum-sized piece believed a plant fragment was trapped inside. But research into the specimen, led by paleontologists Lida Xing of the China University of Geosciences, revealed that it contained a 99-million-year-old feathered dinosau...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - December 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kate Samuelson Tags: Uncategorized onetime Paleontology Source Type: news

Baby Dinosaur's 99 Million-Year-Old Tail, Encased In Amber, Surfaces In Myanmar
Millions of years ago, a dinosaur about the size of a sparrow had a bad day. It got stuck in resin. Paleontologists recently came across the rare amber fossil containing its tail in Myanmar. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rae Ellen Bichell Source Type: news

Myanmar health authorities struggle to prepare for Zika outbreak
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar is largely unprepared for an outbreak of Zika, experts say, with the health ministry slashing anti-virus measures due to lack of funds, overworked doctors skipping check-ups and pregnant women saying they are in the dark about the dangers. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The Sky Is Falling! Or Maybe It's Dangerous Space Debris Over Southeast Asia
Something highly unusual fell out of the sky recently over Southeast Asia, and it has yet to be definitively identified. At 6 a.m. on Nov. 10, local residents of the mountain region of Myanmar reported hearing a loud bang before a 12-foot-long cylindrical object 5 feet in diameter crash-landed into a jade mining location in the village of Lone Khin, reports BBC News. Local Defence Service officials suggested the mystery object bounced before coming to rest in the mud near the mine, as seen in the following video: “We were all afraid of that explosion,” a Lone Khin villager, Daw Ma Kyi, told the Myanmar Tim...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 16, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Myanmar: UN envoy urges investigation into alleged sexual assaults after violence flares in Rakhine state
Gravely concerned about allegations of rape and sexual assault of women and girls in Northern Rakhine state in Myanmar following recent border attacks, Zainab Hawa Bangura, the United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict called today on the Government to ensure that an impartial and effective investigation is conducted into the alleged incidents. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - November 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Large metal cylinder crashes to earth in Myanmar
Strong possibility that 4.5m-long object which landed in northern mining area was part of Chinese satellite A large metal cylinder thought to be part of a Chinese rocket has crashed in a jade mining area in Myanmar.State media published images of the 4.5m-long (15ft) drum resting in mud on property owned by a mining company in Hpakank, in the northern state of Kachin.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 11, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Matthew Weaver and Ian Sample Tags: Myanmar Space China Asia Pacific South and Central Asia World news Science Source Type: news

UNICEF sounds alarm over safety of children in Myanmar ’ s Rakhine state
Expressing concern for the safety of children in the northern part of Myanmar ’ s Rakhine state which is in the midst of “ security operations, ” the United Nations Children ’ s Fund (UNICEF) has called upon the Government to protect children there from all forms of violence and to support prompt and independent investigations into reports of grave violations against them. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - November 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Traveling To Southeast Asia? Here's What You Need To Know About Zika Virus
The Zika virus epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean has infected potentially millions of people and is pegged as the cause of congenital Zika syndrome, a birth defect affecting thousands of children in the region. It can cause brain damage, seizures, deafness, blindness and other neurological and physiological problems.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued travel advisories for 59 countries and territories throughout the world, including neighborhoods in Miami where the Zika virus continues to spread locally. Most of these areas are in Latin America and the Caribbean, while eight...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Traveling To Southeast Asia? Here's What You Need To Know About Zika Virus
The Zika virus epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean has infected potentially millions of people and is pegged as the cause of congenital Zika syndrome, a birth defect affecting thousands of children in the region. It can cause brain damage, seizures, deafness, blindness and other neurological and physiological problems.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued travel advisories for 59 countries and territories throughout the world, including neighborhoods in Miami where the Zika virus continues to spread locally. Most of these areas are in Latin America and the Caribbean, while eight...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 1, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Yangon women 'should avoid pregnancy' in next six months due to Zika
NAYPYITAW/YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar said on Friday it will advise women in Yangon to avoid getting pregnant in the next six months to protect them from the Zika virus after the first case was confirmed in Myanmar's largest city. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Myanmar confirms first case of Zika virus infection: state TV
YANGON (Reuters) - A pregnant foreign woman in Myanmar's largest city Yangon has been diagnosed with Zika, the first case of the mosquito-borne virus in the southeast Asian country, state-owned Myanmar TV (MRTV) said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

In Myanmar, family planning empowers women to take charge of their health, futures
Language EnglishYANGON, Myanmar – As Moe Moe Khaing, 30, listened to her doctor discuss family planning, she automatically reflected on the pressures building at home: Rent had been due a week ago, and her 3-year-old son had been sick for three straight days. Her 10-year-old daughter needed new clothes, but they could not rely on her husband ’s earnings as a casual labourer. An unplanned pregnancy was the last thing she could manage.She made up her mind, she announced to the doctor. She wanted a contraceptive implant – a long-acting reversible contraceptive. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - October 26, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Yoma Myanmar Tea Co. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in Yoma Myanmar Tea Salad Snack
Yoma Myanmar Tea Co. of Allston, MA is voluntarily recalling the Yoma Myanmar brand " Tea Salad Snack " in Regular and Spicy, 7 oz., because the products may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have allergies to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - October 18, 2016 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Myanmar ’s Rohingya Continue to Suffer Systematic Extortion, Abuse
Despite significant advances in Myanmar, minority groups in the Southeast Asian country continue to face systematic and pervasive human rights violations. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - October 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

U.S. Officials Launch A Zika Travel Advisory For Southeast Asia
U.S. health officials issued a Zika virus travel warning on Thursday, recommending that pregnant women consider postponing nonessential travel to 11 counties in Southeast Asia. The new travel warning was issued for Brunei, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor) and Vietnam, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Travelers have returned from certain areas of Southeast Asia with Zika virus infection,” the agency noted on its website. On Friday, officials reported two cases of Zika-linked microcephaly in Thailand, ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC issues Zika travel notice for 11 Southeast Asian countries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel notice Thursday urging pregnant women to consider postponing nonessential travel to 11 countries in Southeast Asia because of the risk of Zika virus infections. The countries are Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Thailand, East Timor and Vietnam. The travel information is […]Related:CDC officials worry that new flu vaccine recommendations could reduce useMystery Zika case in Utah was likely spread through sweat or tearsCancer immunotherapy is moving fast. Here’s what you need to know. (Source: Wash...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Paired suicide in a young refugee couple on the Thai-Myanmar border - Fellmeth G, Oo MM, Lay B, McGready R.
A young refugee woman attended antenatal clinic on the Thai-Myanmar border at 9  weeks' gestation. As part of an ongoing study of perinatal mental health, she underwent a structured psychiatric interview during which she described occasional depressed moo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 23, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Flood relief in Myanmar includes family planning supplies
Language EnglishOHN PIN SU VILLAGE, Myanmar – Monsoon floods are an annual hazard for Phoo Ngun ’s family. Although their bamboo home stands on tall stilts, their kitchen is submerged in rainwater. Ms. Phoo Ngun, 31, has set up a makeshift cooking area in their small living space. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - August 31, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Earthquake Strikes Myanmar, Shocks Felt Across Region
YANGON ― A powerful earthquake of 6.8 magnitude struck central Myanmar on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and local authorities said, shaking buildings across the Southeast Asian nation and the region. The quake hit the town of Chauk, southwest of Mandalay, the Myanmar government said, with tremors felt as far away as Bangkok, where witnesses reported high rise buildings swaying, and the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. There were no immediate reports of casualties and initial reports suggested limited damage. “My house shook during the quake. Many people were scared and they ran out of the buildings,”...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 24, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

New political space, old tensions: history, identity and violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar - Burke A.
Violence in Rakhine State of Myanmar in 2012 and 2013 caused up to 1,000 deaths and forced the long-term displacement of entire communities. Using evidence from interviews, media coverage and secondary literature, this article explores recent events and co... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Blood sent for tests as 30 children die in Myanmar from unknown disease
At least 30 children, most under 5, have died in northwestern Myanmar since mid-June from an unknown disease that causes breathing difficulty, officials say. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

No place too far: Midwives deployed to far-flung villages in Myanmar
Language English Yangon, Myanmar – Midwife Daw Aye Myint is the first health professional to ever be based in Htamakaut, a remote village in the rural Magway region. She arrived there only 11 months ago. Risks are high for mothers and infants in the area, where reproductive health care is sorely lacking. Torrential rains make the village inaccessible for months at a time, separating residents from the outside world. In the past, many women resorted to giving birth without the assistance of a skilled midwife or other health professional. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 29, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Why two tiny wings preserved in amber have palaeontologists in a flap
Nicknamed ‘Rose’ and ‘angel wing’, the two specimens show that even in the age of dinosaurs, wings already looked remarkably modernThey are not particularly clear pieces of amber. Burmite, or Burmese amber, is prized for its clarity. Instead, there are large, dark spots, air bubbles and various bits and pieces floating around. But these two chunks of amber, found in 2015 at the site of Angbamo in the northern province of Kachin in Myanmar, contain something much more valuable (at least, in the eyes of palaeontologists): feathers attached to bones.Burmese amber is the fossilized resin of trees, possi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 15, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Hanneke Meijer Tags: Fossils Evolution Science Biology Birds Myanmar Dinosaurs Source Type: news

Early bird wings preserved in Burmese amber
Thousands of remarkable fossil birds from the time of the dinosaurs have been uncovered in China. However, most of these fossils are flattened in the rock, even though they commonly preserve fossils. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 28, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Early bird wings preserved in Burmese amber
Two new specimens of tiny bird wings trapped in amber from rocks have been uncovered in China. The fossil wings seem to have come from baby birds that got trapped in the sticky sap of tropical trees 100 million years ago. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - June 28, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: International, Research; Faculty of Science, School of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science; Press Release Source Type: news

These Countries Are Most Vulnerable to Invasive Species
Invasive species threaten global agriculture to the tune of billions of dollars each year, a problem that could affect developing countries most, according to new research. The study, published in the journal PNAS, used a ranking system that incorporates trade flows, distribution of invasive species and crop types to determine which countries face the greatest threat. Developing countries—particularly those in sub-saharan Africa—could see their agriculture sectors most affected in proportion to their GDP, according to the study. Malawi, Burundi and Guinea top the list. “These countries generally do not ha...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - June 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Justin Worland Tags: Uncategorized Environment Source Type: news

New Florida Predator Needs to Be Stopped Now Before Problem Worsens
By Elizabeth Santiago UCF Forum columnist It's official: Florida has been invaded. Not by aliens or soldiers with guns, but by something that has no natural predators within our Sunshine State borders. This danger lurks where few people go, but its disruptive presence affects us just the same. Responsible for hundreds of human deaths along the Nile River every year, the Nile crocodile ranks as one of the most aggressive animals in the world -- and just recently scientists discovered its ominous presence in the Florida Everglades. State officials say the reptiles likely were brought to the area by unlicensed dealers and ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 25, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Water Woes Put a Damper on Myanmar’s Surging Economy
People fetch water from the new well in the village of Htita, Myanmar. It is 600 feet deep and was built thanks to private donations. Credit: Sara Perria/IPSBy Kitty StappHTITA, Myanmar, May 25 2016 (IPS)The central plains of Myanmar, bordered by mountains on the west and east, include the only semi-arid region in South East Asia – the Dry Zone, home to some 10 million people. This 13 percent of Myanmar’s territory sums up the challenges that the country faces with respect to water security: an uneven geographical and seasonal distribution of this natural resource, the increasing unpredictability of rain patter...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Kitty Stapp Tags: Advancing Deserts Aid Asia-Pacific Climate Change Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Natural Resources Population Poverty & Source Type: news

Water Security Critical for World Fastest-Growing Economy
Water tanks and pots are used to store water all over Myanmar. Credit: Sara Perria/IPSBy an IPS CorrespondentYANGON, Myanmar, May 24 2016 (IPS)Lack of water management and limited access to data risk hindering Myanmar’s economic growth, making water security a top priority of the new government.Climate change and increased urbanisation, along with earthquakes, cyclones, periodic flooding and major drought, require an urgent infrastructural upgrade if the country is to undergo a successful integration into the global economy after five decades of economic isolation under military rule.“Water resources are abunda...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 24, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: an IPS Correspondent Tags: Advancing Deserts Aid Asia-Pacific Climate Change Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs Water & Sanita Source Type: news

Myanmar Seeks to Break Vicious Circle of Flood and Drought
People fetch water from the new well in the village of Htita, Myanmar. It is 600 feet deep and was built thanks to private donations. Credit: Sara Perria/IPSBy Sara PerriaHTITA, May 22 2016 (IPS)It has been two weeks now since the village of Htita, with its few bamboo houses hemmed in by parched, cracked earth and dried-out ponds, has enjoyed the novelty of its first ever water well.Young housewife Lei Lei Win walks to the noise of breaking soil to fill two yellow containers previously used for cooking oil. With the weight of the 20-litre ‘buckets’ balanced on a pole on her shoulder, it now takes her only one m...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Sara Perria Tags: Advancing Deserts Aid Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Inequity Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs Water & Sanitation Drought Floods Global Water Partner Source Type: news

Vesak day
Twenty-six hundred years ago On the Full Moon day of May (Kasone) A child was born Who changed the world With all he had to say ... Though born to royal family One day whilst on a stroll The sufferings He witnessed then Would truly take a toll ... One aging man One very ill And one who just had died A sudden realisation thus Ascetic life applied ... Renunciation of all things In Search for something more A Quest for Meaning To this Life Not knowing what's in store ... Thus Contemplating far and wide Through Meditation deep Till under one Such Bodhi Tree Rewards he was to reap ... Enlightened to rea...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Searching for a safe space: The story of a young Rohingya woman displaced in Myanmar
Language English RAKHINE, Myanmar – Khin Me Me Htun was 22-years old when a wave of inter-communal violence swept across the state of Rakhine in 2012. At the time, she had just graduated with a degree in English from Sittwe University, and was planning to move to Yangon to start post-graduate studies and pursue her long-time dream of a career in diplomacy. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: lscott Source Type: news

Let’s explore diabetes with snakes
Originally from Southeast Asia, Burmese pythons are perhaps best known in the U.S. for the havoc they’ve been creating in the Everglades. Kept as pets and released into the wild, they can grow to nearly 20 feet long, and are hunting animals like marsh rabbits toward extinction (a problem Florida is trying to address with an annual Python Removal Competition). But in the lab, at a diminutive 3 feet in length, Burmese pythons may hold valuable lessons about diabetes. Extreme metabolism Burmese pythons are capable of going four to six weeks between meals. When they do eat, their biology undergoes an extreme makeover. Ce...
Source: Mass Device - May 3, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog Vector Blog Source Type: news

Development of a Novel Karen Mental Health Screener (Darin Brink MD)
A poster describing the creation of a novel mental health screening tool for use with the Karen people of Burma, a relatively new refugee group in the United States. (Source: Family Medicine Digital Resources Library (FMDRL) Recently Uploaded)
Source: Family Medicine Digital Resources Library (FMDRL) Recently Uploaded - April 27, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Human psychology: Why do we have equivalents of bogeyman in so many countries around the world?
Bogeyman (also spelled bogieman, boogeyman, or boogie man) is a common allusion to a mythical creature in many cultures used by adults to frighten children into good behavior. This monster has no specific appearance, and conceptions about it can vary drastically from household to household within the same community. Parents may tell their children that if they misbehave, the bogeyman will get them. Bogeymen may target a specific mischief—for instance, a bogeyman that punishes children who suck their thumbs—or general misbehavior, depending on what purpose needs serving. Source: Wikipedia.Examples - by country -...
Source: Clinical Cases and Images - April 26, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Tags: Psychology Source Type: news

[Feature] The unlikely diplomat
Malariologist Myaing Myaing Nyunt was a medical student in Rangoon, Burma, on 8 September 1988 when her country erupted in prodemocracy riots. When the army opened fire, Nyunt, like thousands of other student radicals, fled for the borders. After a time in Thailand and then the United Kingdom, she eventually immigrated to the United States to continue her education—with no intention of returning home. But malaria has brought her back—specifically, a unique collaboration she and her collaborator/husband are leading, along with government scientists, to forge the scientific and political links needed to drive the...
Source: ScienceNOW - April 22, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Leslie Roberts Source Type: news

Census reaches vulnerable women and girls in a remote area of Myanmar for the very first time
Language English UNITED NATIONS, New York/Shan State, Myanmar – “When people are not counted, they are excluded,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, yesterday during the opening session of the 49th Commission on Population and Development (CPD). “Data and analysis are critical to ending inequalities, reaching the people who are hardest to reach and a life of dignity for all.” (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: lscott Source Type: news